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Questions about writing style in English

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What is the history of the cursive p?

A friend of mine (relevant detail, he grew up and learned cursive in India) recently remarked to me that he missed the way that cursive "p"s used to be written. An example of this can be seen in the ...
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How do I punctuate a sentence ending in 'you know'? [closed]

How do I punctuate this internal dialogue: 'I was hungry, you know' I wasn't sure whether to use a period or a question mark. This is for fiction.
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'Amidst of' vs. 'Amidst'

I'm reading 'The Well at the World's End' by William Morris. I'm curious about some of the syntax he's used to invoke an archaic style. For instance, 'amidst of': '. . . he came on a shepherd lying ...
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Synonyms separated by or

English isn’t my mother language. Sometimes, authors of English texts describe something with several synonyms of the same meaning. Example: The affordances of the environment are what it offers ...
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Difficulty understanding Writing Prompt

I do not understand what the person means by ampliative and reductive aspects and conditions for transparency and embodiment? I looked up the definitions but I don't understand what their context ...
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Are there any guidelines for proper use of “creative” capitalization within in a technical report?

I am trying to edit a report that seems to have a lot of common nouns capitalized. My job is to edit for consistency of this style, which I am not familiar with. Does anyone have experience with what ...
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Using an em-dash before a comma in an enumeration sentence [duplicate]

My former tenant was always well mannered, he paid his rent on-time, never played his music too loudly, cleaned the apartment before he moved out -- leaving very little work for my maintenance team --,...
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When can I omit *the* from certain prhases?

After reviewing an interesting question and answer here: Is 'at the time of writing' correct?, I'm wondering if I couldn't do something more simple: At time of writing, this is all that has ...
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When the title is in the form of a sentence - to capitalize the words or not?

I've heard for a "rule" that you should not capitalize the words in the title of an article, when the title is in the form of a sentence. For example: Pneumonia is contagious. (As opposed to ...
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Can а verb and related noun be used in the same sentence?

Here is a sentence: "Without those measurements, we cannot measure if we are progressing in the right direction." measure is clearly a verb here, but what part of speech is measurement? (abstract ...
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Who started the trend of removing ing from gerunds and what is the motivation? [closed]

I've noticed a trend developing over the past few years where gerunds are being emasculated (cutting off their "ing-alings" by golly!!!) On my credit card's website: "spend analysis" All over the web:...
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What's the role of “Opening” in the given excerpt

This is a sentence from a very famous book on learning English called "Headway". "But after making hundreds of millions of dollars opening duty-free shops at airports in the 1960s,Feeney's later ...
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What tense in a scientific paper

I am currently writing my first scientific paper and therefore I am wondering which tense I should use in it. I'd tend to use a future tense, but present perfect seems to be suitable as well. e.g. ...
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When can I omit the subject?

Can I omit the subject if it has been mentioned in a preceding sentence? For example, is the phrase inside the parentheses necessary in the below?: The sculpture A exhibits degradation at a ...
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Which punctuation (if any) should accompany the inclusion of Japanese characters in an English text?

I've been told on Japanese SE to rephrase the question and ask it here, since it isn't so much about the Japanese language, as it is about the correct way of including Japanese in the English language....
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Juxtaposing (more than) two sentences that can include “and” by using “and”

QUESTIONS: Is the comma used in the below sentence necessary? Is it okay to use different forms or parts of speech for juxtaposed elements? I.g. In the below sentence, a noun "development" and ...
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Place to insert an abbreviation

When I put an abbreviation for the first time in a document, is this better if I insert it right after the corresponding spelled out name? For example, is ex1. better than ex2.?: ex1. The ...
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Should I use the possessive apostrophe or an attribute noun on a business card?

I have designed some stationary items (such as letterhead and business card) for a website/brand (XYZ.Com for instance), and I need help to choose the correct sentence among those below: The ...
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non taxable vs non-taxable [duplicate]

Is the correct usage of the non-taxable or nontaxable? I'm not sure what the correct use is. I want to say that it is with the hyphen however it ha become a debate that this could be incorrect.
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“Everyone is fine and having fun” or “Everyone is fine and is having fun.”

While both sentences are probably grammatical, I’m wondering which one is preferable. To me, the first sentence sounds awkward, but the second sentence may have an unnecessary is. Basing your answers ...
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CMS: The Curious Case of “Because of”

The phrase "because of" is commonly thought of as a preposition; by itself, "because" is also considered by some to be a subordinating conjunction. The Chicago Manual of Style doesn't capitalize any ...
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difference between “can do nothing” and “cannot do anything”

Is there any difference between these two sentences I can do nothing to help you. and I cannot do anything to help you. If there isn't any significant difference, are there any cases when ...
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Repeating a subject twice - a matter of style or grammar?

Is repeating the subject twice in a sentence considered a grammar error or bad style? For example: Epic Game Music will be held for the first time in Poland at Poznan Game Arena and Game Industry ...
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Why people often adopt repeated adjective structure on their sentence?

Why people often adopt repeated adjective structure on their sentence? For example: Great courtiers are gracious and polite; their aggression is veiled and indirect. I have seen many fluent English ...
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Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

From today's NY Times: Mr. Trump’s critics reach for words like treason and traitor because they, like others, are searching for an explanation for actions that are so different from those of his ...
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How to use semicolons (when listing people’s names and actions)?

I’ve been reading this paragraph: I unlock the bathroom door and pull the handle down, I open it slightly, only to see the face of every family member residing in this house, crowding outside my ...
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How to describe 'Mutual Benefits' in academic terms in the following?

I am writing a proposal for a joint collaboration with a University in Singapore. I aim to use their facilities to gain hands-on experience. In the following, the excerpt from my proposal is ...
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How to reconstruct a sentence to avoid words like but, yet, still, although and though?

I often find difficult to avoid those words. It'd be fine in articles, essays, etc if it was only because of the repetitiveness, there are three words or more for it, but in longer texts, like novels, ...
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Use of made up words in writing

In writing, mainly seen in novel writing, how should we put a word that doesn't exist? for example, "We're screwed beyond levels of screwedness." Please don't tell me that's too unprofessional and I ...
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The term “ad hocness”

A strange compound of Latin and English. Reasonably common in epistemology and the philosophy of science. (Academic philosophers are not uneasy at creating new words when the need arises.) Questions: ...
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help someone [do]/[to do]/[in doing]/[on doing] something?

Given the following sentences: They helped us frame some experimental evaluations. They helped us to frame some experimental evaluations. They helped us in framing some experimental evaluations. They ...
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Is it correct to ask “Which year this game is?” when asking about the year of game release?

Im not native speaker and have some difficulties with this question. As I remember, I saw "Which ... is?" statement in some grammar books. Is it correct?
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“from A to B” or “to B from A”

Which expression is more customary? Are their situations where one would be favored over the other? Edit: Sorry for making the question unclear. My motivation for this question came from reading ...
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Why is a comma used in the sentence “Jack has been studying zebras since 1972, when he started the famous Animal Center”?

Why is there a comma in this sentence? Jack has been studying zebras since 1972, when he started the famous Animal Center. Isn’t the first clause independent, and isn’t when a subordinating ...
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Why isn’t this instance of “so” preceded by a comma even though it’s beginning a new independent clause?

William Strunk writes in the 1914 edition of his Elements of Style: Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. ... Two-part sentences of which the second member ...
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Punctuation of Initials in Name [duplicate]

My name is James Lamar Smith, in which my first name is James, middle name is Lamar and my last name is Smith. I would like to know which form of my short name is acceptable in English: 1 J. L. ...
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Does calling a road 'wavy' convey its shape clearly?

There is a scene in which the road the car is on is straight at first, but later starts to wave about. By 'wave', I mean its shaped like this: Now my question is, if I write, "the road ahead started ...
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Are you allowed to start a paragraph with “In fact,…”?

Should you start a paragraph with in fact? I ask because it doesn’t make sense to me, but the computer says it makes sense.
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Placement of period after abbreviation inside quotation marks

The most common one is "vs.." The most common one is "vs.". The most common one is "vs." Which of the above features the correct usage of a period after an abbreviation inside quotation marks? And, ...
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Why do technical book authors say “we”? (A technical book style question)

A typical technical book (especially a mathematics textbook) often has statements like In this chapter, we discuss several versions of this principle. even when it is written by a single author. ...
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Comma placement after a date [duplicate]

The following sentence is from The Economist: On March 14th concerns about China’s grip on Congo’s cobalt production deepened when GEM, a Chinese battery maker, said it would acquire a third of the ...
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Why Was Title Case Invented?

I've seen questions and answers about the "when", but I don't really understand the reason to use this Horrible Way to Type Sentences Which Obviously Hinders Readability. It's really bad when in a ...
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Capitalizing Personal Titles as Substitutes for Names

[I am unable to write "Hello, English scholars" as the first line without it deleting it.] There is obvious contention between style guides on the subject of capitalizing personal titles when they ...
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Cohesion in English writing using antonyms

Can someone help me to understand how antonyms can be used effectively to achieve cohesion in English writing along with some simple examples? I have tried to search the relevant information a lot on ...
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“three lines of text which read” or “three lines of text reading” or?

I am describing vintage objects which have have multiple lines of text. Some of the text may be to faded to show in the pictures thus I need to quote the text that originally appeared on the object. ...
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Using parentheses to represent different situations in a sentence?

Can the following sentence "Our models from weak- and strong-interaction flows are proved to be small-world and scale-free separately" be re-written as: " Our model from weak(strong)-...
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Why was the letter “n” in “nor” written in lowercase? [closed]

Could anyone tell me why the letter "n" in "nor" is in lowercase? Neither Out Far nor In Deep The above is a title of a poem by Robert Frost.
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How to punctuate two sentences that form one unit that requires a colon at the end? [closed]

I ask this in the context of comments in computer programming which are written in plain English. For this question, I require a colon at the end of every comment that is a heading of code. Now, if ...
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Terms and style in sentences

So on this sentence for example it's using (a) to expand on the main subject. It's exhaustive to read, but is it necessarilly wrong. What is the grammatical term for this usage or style (without ...
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Suspended hyphen in“ever-expanding and contracting gulf”?

My hunch is a suspended hyphen is not needed preceding the second word (contracting), but the writer queried this and I'm not sure. (We go by the Chicago Manual of Style but I can't find an example ...